Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville speaks about US operations in Syria, following U.S. military strikes against 17 separate targets connected to an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group, U.S. officials say, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP/Cliff Owen)

The Pentagon Re-Packaged Al Qaeda As ‘Khorasan Group’ To Sell Attack On Syria

Only after the US conducted strikes in Syria against the Khorasan Group, national security officials began offering a “more nuanced picture” on the threat that verged on being outright defensive.